Porcelain in Bloom: Vladimir Kanevsky

An upcoming exhibit at Hillwood in Washington, D.C., showcases the flower sculptures of Vladimir Kanevksy

Vladimir Kanevsky’s glorious flower sculptures will be exhibited at Washington, D.C.’s Hillwood Estate, Museum & Gardens April 6–September 5. The artist has said, “There is everything in flowers—history, drama, structure, beauty, and fragrance.” Hillwood founder Marjorie Merriweather Post would certainly agree, as she surrounded herself with flowers both in her gardens and in her home. The meticulous porcelain sculptures will take the place of live arrangements, bringing color and style to several rooms in the house.

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Vladimir Kanevsky porcelain flower sculpture, peonies

Tree peonies in an antique Chinese tea caddy

poppy pod sculpture

A very detailed porcelain poppy pod. Photo by Charlotte Moss

Vladimir Kanevsky porcelain flower sculpture, lilacs

Porcelain and tole lilacs in a Mottahedeh container

morning glories

Morning glories in an antique Japanese container

Vladimir Kanevsky porcelain flower sculpture, foxglove


“Marjorie Post maintained a lifelong love of porcelain, especially that from the 18th century,” said Wilfried Zeisler, Hillwood’s chief curator. “She collected pieces with delicate decoration, harmony, and superb craftsmanship. Vladimir Kaneveky’s modern interpretation of this antique form would certainly have caught her eye and fits right in with her fabulous collection.” Floral-adorned porcelain, marquetry, Fabergé pieces, and more will also be on display.

For more details on the exhibition, The Porcelain Flowers of Vladimir Kanevsky, visit hillwoodmuseum.org. For a profile of the artist, see Flower’s story, “Vladimir Kanevsky, Prince of Porcelain Flowers.”

portrait of Vladimir Kanevsky, porcelain flowers
The artist in his Fort Lee, New Jersey, studio

By Alice Welsh Doyle | Photography courtesy of Vladimir Kanevsky

This story originally appeared in Flower magazine’s March/April 2021 issue. Find Flower in a store near you or subscribe.